Eight Roadblocks that Hinder Your Prayers

  1. Silence
    – God cannot answer your prayers unless you pray.

    “you do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2)

    “So I say unto you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. ” (Luke 11:9-10)

  2. Doubt
    – If you do not believe God will answer your prayers, you are probably correct.

    “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:6-8)

  3. Individualism
    – Solo prayer is good. But sometimes, it takes group prayer to get a breakthrough.

    “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

  4. Contradiction
    – Don’t pray for things that contradict God’s will.

    “When you pray, say: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. . . .'” (Luke 11:2)

    “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15)

  5. Disobedience
    – If you choose to live in open disobedience to God, then he will not hear your prayers.

    “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)

  6. Self-exaltation
    – Pray to commune with God.  Do not pray just so people will see you praying.

    “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
    (Matthew 6:5-6)

  7. Unforgiveness
    – If you are not ready to forgive, then you are not ready to pray.

    “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25-26)

  8. Dishonoring your Spouse
    – If you don’t make your marriage a priority, God will not make your prayers a priority.

    “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7)

About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
This entry was posted in 1 John 5:14-15, 1 Peter 3:7, Isaiah 59:2, James 1:6-8, James 4, Luke 11:2–4, Luke 11:9-10, Mark 11:25-26, Matthew 18:19-20, Matthew 6:5-6. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Eight Roadblocks that Hinder Your Prayers

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  2. TyRenee says:

    I am teaching about asking in Jesus’ name today and while preparing my message, God laid on my heart things that could hinder prayers. When I googled for more information, your blurb came up. As I read it, it was exactly what I needed. Praise God! I will be sharing this with members of the ministry I lead. Thank you so much!
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